Hebrews 10:19–25 (ESV)
The Full Assurance of Faith
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of
God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Jesus, the new and final high priest, has opened the door for us into heaven. We no longer have to go through the door of sacrifices, but now through the door of faith in Jesus. He alone is our bridge or door to heaven. We are saved
by faith, not by works. However, let us not give up on seeking to help one another through good works. Our salvation is not by works, but faith. Yet the precious give of Salvation is our motivation to live by love and to help one another.
And we are reminded as Christians to “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” How do you summarize verse 25? It simply means... “Go
to church!!!” I hear a lot of people say “well... you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian!” Well, I will say that my be true. You can own a car and never go to the gas station... but you will be walking everywhere.
Going to church is spiritual food for us. IF you don’t go to church... then where are you being spiritually fed? Are you reading the Bible at home??? I hope so, but the answer is usually not. And... if you do read the Bible...
today’s Bible reading reminds us to not neglect going to church. So whenever you get to this passage in your daily readings... well... go to church! Not out of law, but out of love for what Christ has done for you and be part of the brotherhood
(or family) of Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust by faith, and to serve with love. Help me to seek comfort and spiritual feeding through your church. Let me be fed your Word and to
receive your Word through your body and blood of the Lord’s Supper. Help me to live by and through your forgiveness and to be forgiving. Help me to give thanks a praise for all you have done for me. Amen.